Actually whoever designed it to check it that way was not the sharpest designer. Now you need two people to check your oil, or you have to have it on a lift. I thought checking oil was supposed to be a quick and easy process.I didn't see that in the manual-- but I am not the sharpest knife in the butcher block either!!
Uh yup. I wasn't trying to say anyone else should use this method. I check my oil in the same spot in my garage all the time and I double check by putting the bike vertical every once in a while just to be sure. So far I haven't seen a change in oil level either way so I'm even happier to see the engine not using any oil at all.My concern with the 3/8" sides stand would be the road or surface your bike is on when you put it on the side stand could be far from level. As your side stand pad wears it also effects the lean angle. I would think if you want to be correct the only way to do it is to have the bike level. I have found that Vics use very little oil. So far I my bike hasn't dropped any noticeable amount between oil changed. I check it a few times between changes so for me it isn't that big of deal
I copied your idea and it worked great for my oil change.I just took a few short pieces of 2x4's and nailed them together to make a block that I slide under the frame and holds the bike straight up. Cheapest and most used "tool" in the garage. Use it when washing, detailing, just about everything.